Colonial Theatre

105-06 Northern Boulevard,
Corona, NY 11368

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 31, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Yes, Ed, it looks to me like the long building that’s slightly wider at the rear was originally the theatre, and that the sliver served as an exit alley.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 31, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Warren, if you can open up and view the local.live link I posted, that sliver of a plot still exists between the building on the corner of 105th and the structure that sits on the former theater’s lot. I think all evidence leads me to believe that this structure is the former theater itself, long ago gutted for retail/commercial use.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 31, 2007 at 2:21 pm

In 1920s maps of the area, the SE corner of 105th Street & Northern Blvd started with two stores, followed by a sliver of a plot, and then the Colonial Theatre. Side exit doors of the theatre apparently emptied into that sliver of a plot. There were more buildings on the other side of the Colonial to the corner of 106th Street.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 31, 2007 at 5:21 am

There isn’t a whole lot of information available in terms of online NYC departmental records for the building and lot currently at 105-06 Northern Blvd. The current building lot actually combines several parcles with an address range of 105-06 -08 & -10. The OASISNYC website – which lists property information obtained from the Department of City Planning – has a build date of 1925 for the structure, but that is an estimate. I can find no C of O information for the 105-06 or 105-08 addresses. There is limited information on the 105-10 address, but the only C of O that is available for viewing is dated 1952 – and that is for an alteration of an existing building spanning all three addresses. Function is mixed-use storage, manufacturing and retail store and lists a cellar, 1st story and “mezzanine” level – so it is entirely possible that this is the original theater building… but there is no way to confirm or refute that assumption based on the infomation at hand.

Here’s a local.live view of the property. It is the lower lying structure sandwiched between the taller 3-story multi-family dwellings that run towards each corner. The blue awning on the left end of the building would be 105-10, while the wider black sign with white lettering covers 105-06 -08 Northern Blvd where, I presume, the theater would have been situated. The current occupants are a Chinese-owned company that installs stereo and alarm systems in automobiles (the blue awning) and a Korean owned construction company (the have the bigger space at 105-08).

I suppose a visit to the site might reveal if any archtictural elements on the facade or the rear of the building (looks like an alley opens up to 105th Street) hint at a former cinema.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 29, 2007 at 9:37 pm

This ad from July, 1920, gives an address of Jackson Avenue & 48th Street. Jackson is now known as Northern Boulevard, and 48th Street is 105th Street…The seating capacity of 500 comes from a directory published by the Queens Chamber of Commerce…It’s possible that the Palace did such good business that Sheer’s added the Colonial to take advantage of the overflow. That might explain why two theatres only five blocks apart played the same movies.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 29, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook editions 1926 and 1927 with a seating capacity of 600. In the 1930 edition of Film Daily Yearbook the 600 seat capacity Colonial Theatre is listed as (Closed).